It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that G.O.O.D. Music are the biggest label in hip-hop at the moment and that they currently run the game from a musical sense right up to their fashion and style. Being a member of G.O.O.D. is more than being a good musician, it is a movement and a culture, you have to have your own style and you have to own it. The likes of Kanye West, Big Sean and Travis Scott are big fashion hitters as well as some of the biggest names in musical terms at the moment, while Desiigner and Migos are young artists with strong followings. I’m not going to sit here and claim they’re all fantastic artists because they aren’t, there are some serious duds on this label but the good outweighs the bad. This post will see me, Liam Jones, Connor Welsh and Callum Galloway rank them all from worst to best. Just for clarity, these are the artists in question and not all of them are officially signed but are heavily affiliated or have previously been a major part of it:

  • Kanye West (founder)
  • Big Sean (joined in 2007)
  • Pusha T (president)
  • Gucci Mane (regular features and producer)
  • Migos (regular feature artists)
  • Kid Cudi (left in 2013)
  • Desiigner (joined in 2016)
  • Travis Scott (production wing)
  • Tyga (joined in 2016)
  • John Legend (left in 2016)

Ellis Karran’s list – @EllisKarran

  1. Kanye West
  2. Pusha T
  3. Travis Scott
  4. Kid Cudi
  5. Big Sean
  6. Migos
  7. Gucci Mane
  8. John Legend
  9. Desiigner
  10. Tyga

1st and 10th were the easiest choices of my life, Kanye stands head and shoulders above the rest simply because he is an all-time great and the others aren’t, while Tyga is the biggest heap of trash in modern rap music along with Kodak Black. Desiigner would have been higher if he wasn’t a one-hit wonder but he still has the potential to succeed with these guys around him. Big Sean gets a lot of stick for being a bit of a meme but he is a good rapper and he has stepped it up massively over the past couple of years, hence why he edges Migos but they are going higher up this list in the future for sure. Pusha is clear of the rest because of his flow and his cold bars so the big one for me was whether or not Travis should go ahead of Cudi. I put him 3rd eventually because of how huge Rodeo became as well as the creativity he shows every single day, something G.O.O.D. pride themselves on. Also, Cudi went through a 4-5 year spell of releasing truly appalling music so that slid him down, if he had released more albums like ‘Man On The Moon’ he could’ve challenged Pusha but as a result he is there. Gucci is a joker and he makes some bangers but I don’t really rate him much without some fire features.

Liam Jones’ list – @liam_jones09

  1. Kanye West
  2. Pusha T
  3. Big Sean
  4. Migos
  5. Gucci Mane
  6. Travis Scott
  7. John Legend
  8. Kid Cudi
  9. Desiigner
  10. Tyga

Tyga is only bottom because Desiigner made Panda simple as that both as trash as each other. Kanye is far and away number one on every possible level, Pusha is severely underrated and is the glue that keeps them together. Big Sean is also massively underrated (all corny lyrics aside) and Migos and Gucci are just such fire at the moment, there’s so much hype on them and Migos made the best song of all time (Bad and Boujee). Travis Scott is a good artist but he’s not as elite as the top 3, I feel like one day he will be a lot higher, however. Kid Cudi just doesn’t do it for me and he is quite an average rapper. As much as I love John Legend I will never rank him above those kinds of rappers.

Connor Welsh’s list – @ConZilla97

  1. Kanye West
  2. Travis Scott
  3. Pusha T
  4. Migos
  5. Gucci Mane
  6. Big Sean
  7. Desiigner
  8. Kid Cudi
  9. John Legend
  10. Tyga

Kanye is the best because he’s Kanye. A god level producer and all round cosmic entity, there’s no-one that will ever replicate that man. Travis Scott is second based on pure enjoyment of his music and watching his performances live, this man is so lit I can’t not smile when I watch a Travis Scott live show. Pusha gets third because he is a stone cold killer, his flow and cadence is always so cold and gangsta that you know this man is a well seasoned veteran. Migos didn’t shock me with talent when they first came out but over time they’ve got better and evolved. ‘Culture’ is great and I’m excited to see more Migos albums in the future. Gucci is a legend. His album ‘The State V.S Radric Davis’ is a classic and his music since he got out of jail has been pretty good with some bangers. The man with the Ice Cream tattoo sure knows how to stay icy. Big Sean can be cheese but the man oozes confidence, he dresses like a true G and you know he truly believes most of his lyrics; except for childish corny tracks like ‘MILF’ and ‘A$$’ but he seems to have gotten past that stuff. Dark Sky Paradise is a decent album too. Desiigner gets his place because of Panda straight up the man could do more but that’s yet to be seen and if we’re guessing off ‘Zombie Walk’ and ‘Timmy Turner’ I’m not sure what to expect. Cudi has never done anything to ever really grab my attention (however I will confess I haven’t given his earlier stuff a listen). The man made one of the worst albums of all time which I’m sorry I can’t forgive him for. John Legend may have a great voice but apart from his work on Big Sean’s ‘One Man Can Change The World’ I haven’t particularly loved any of his work but at least he isn’t Tyga.Tyga is trash not much more to say the man oozes a stinky putrid cheese in every single verse he does. He is too corny for me to actually focus on his songs but if anyone can fix him it might just be Kanye… Probably not though.

Callum Galloway’s list – @CalGalloway

  1. Kanye West
  2. Pusha T
  3. Travis Scott
  4. Migos
  5. Gucci Mane
  6. Kid Cudi
  7. John Legend
  8. Big Sean
  9. Desiigner
  10. Tyga

With no real justification required for Kanye making top of the list, I went for Pusha T next as I feel he is one of the most underrated rappers amongst his contemporaries, as well as being a stand-out figure within the label- featuring on several of Kanye’s GOOD Fridays releases, as well as the collective Cruel Summer project. Despite absolutely adoring Travis Scott and his work, his lack of senior status means he misses out on the second spot for me. However, Travis without doubt has the potential to exceed Pusha T in this list and given his contributions to the label already- particularly in terms of production- is another reason he’s so far up. Next we have the two Atlanta giants Migos and Gucci Mane. With trap’s explosion of popularity in the past few years, everything these lot are touching is turning to gold recently, and with the quality of both Gucci and Quavo’s contributions to Cruel Winter banger Champions, I’m excited to see more of their collaborations with the label. At sixth we have Kid Cudi who, for me, has definitely fallen off quite a bit, with the meme/album Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven and the sadly underwhelming Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. Although, he will have always done Day ‘n’ Nite, so he is pardoned to some extent. Whilst I might not be his biggest fan, I rate John Legend’s voice and his contribution to MBDTF should definitely be recognised- he also does well to punctuate the absolutely atrocious trio that find themselves at the bottom. Unoriginal, uninspiring, unambitious are all interchangable when it comes to describing these three piles of garbage. Whether they’re cheap knockoffs of other artists or so boring and middle-of-the-road it becomes a mystery as to who they’re actually trying to appeal to, there’s nobody else on this list that warrant being right at the very bottom quite like these 3. To be fair to Big Sean, he’s had moments where he’s been somewhat decent (Beware, IDFWU, All Me verse) and Desiigner has Panda, leaving Tyga to be the ultimate piece of trash we all know him to be at dead last.

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